Lets’s talk screwdrivers shall we?
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
I’m obsessed with screwdrivers, always have been. If you leave a screwdriver lying round, I’ll probably steal it and you’ve only got yourself to blame. If you cared about it you wouldn’t leave it lying round would you? Everyone knows screwdrivers belong in a box or a case and should be returned to it immediately after use!
The best kind of screwdriver is magnetised, has a plethora of interchangeable bits and should be neatly packaged for ease of use and transportation.
Yesterday I got an email from someone who is just getting into computer repair and they asked me if I could recommend a good precision screwdriver kit for general electronics repairs. Things like this don’t happen to me often, so I got overly excited and replied with a ten thousand word essay on the history of screwdrivers. As you might expect, I haven’t heard back from them since but it was nice to be asked my opinion.
The simple answer to the question should have been: Yes I can recommend two!
The first one is the ORIA 60 in 1 Magnetic Screwdriver Set. It sells on Amazon for about £14.99 and it has everything you need to fix Laptops, Mac’s, PC’s, Phones and Tablets. I bought mine about 4 years ago and I’ve used it everyday since. I occasionally have to replace a bit or two because of wear and tear, but the handle is perfect. It’s bigger than most and I find it more comfortable to work with. Especially when dealing with larger, more stubborn screws. Some of the smaller precision screwdrivers don’t have the grip or torque suitable for PC repair. The driver is also extendable, which allows for more range when working inside deep PC towers. As I have a memory like a sieve where screws and bits are concerned, I particularly like the way the bits are neatly set out and their sizes are clearly marked. My only gripe with the the ORIA is a couple of the bits are loose in the case and don’t have a place in the blue plastic holders. Other than that, you can’t go wrong with this kit. Considering the price and how much use you will get out of it over the years, it’s a bargain.
The second one is the iFixit Mako Precision Bit Set. I tend to use this kit when I’m working on MacBooks. The bits seem just a little bit better suited to the job and the sectioned case lid is perfect for organising tiny screws. It’s also magnetic, allowing the lower case to sit on top of the upper case, so if you put it to one side while you’re working and it gets knocked, the screws don’t go everywhere. The handles much smaller than the ORIA and I wouldn’t use it for PC cases or motherboard screws, but it’s perfect for Mac’s, phones and tablets. The only drawback for me, is the bit sizes are not clearly enough marked on the hard foam holder. If you have eyesight like mine, this can be a problem, but don’t let that put you off. It’s more expensive than the ORIA at £31.99 but the case and the bits are superior quality.
It’s also worth mentioning the iFixit Manta Precision Bit Set for £59.99. This is an extended version of the Mako kit with more bits and the addition of a much torquier driver. It’s a great kit but it strays outside of the Electronics repair field into other areas and I already have specific kits for those jobs!
As a starter set, if I had to choose between the two, I would choose the ORIA. The price is right, it has all the bits you’ll need and the handle feels right in the grip. It also comes in a range of colours if you like that sort of thing.
There you go, job done!